Specials (studio album) by The Specials

Specials
Specials by The Specials
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 855th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 381 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (191st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (855th)
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Specials is ranked as the best album by The Specials.

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 381 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.5/100, a mean average of 77.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.3.

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From 07/23/2019 18:32
Favorite Tracks:Nite Klub, Blank Expression, Little Bitch
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85/100
From 12/17/2018 21:32
Very consistent, high energy album and a great introduction album for anyone wanting to get into 2-tone which mixes Punk with Ska.
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95/100
From 08/27/2018 21:21
Fun, energetic and great production provided by Elvis Costello. If there is one ska album you should have in your collection it's this one!
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From 03/19/2018 20:34
There are a few really good tracks on this album but most are just good. I like ska but when they split and formed fun boy 3, i thought the music went to a higher level.
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75/100
From 01/13/2018 16:25
Pretty much what a ska album produced by Elvis Costello would sound like.
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From 07/30/2017 20:37
This is ranked outside the top 500 albums! Incomprehensible!! This is a real classic- so much energy, humour and personality. This album is a joy. So many classics including their peerless cover of "a message to you Rudy". The pace never lets up and the tracks simply burst out of the speakers. Highly recommended.
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From 08/20/2016 22:15
I did see them in 1980. What I remember most from the concert (at King's Hall, Blackburn, UK) was the crowd chanting 'Rico, Rico' in praise their amazing trombonist who played every song like it was a 60's ska classic. I saw Terry Hall turn his ear to the crowd in a 'what are you chanting?' gesture, before he got it and turned to point towards their elderly trombonist in tribute. It was a great moment.
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80/100
From 06/12/2016 18:11
Great album. Produced by Elvis Costello who manages to retain the band's freshness and energy of their live performances. The Specials debut album is a great listen. Top songs in, a message to You Rudy, too much too young, and, monkey man. Great streetwise sounds.
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85/100
From 05/28/2016 16:43
Really great album, The Specials are great!! Saw them live, they're awesome and really fun!
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95/100
From 01/31/2014 00:37
Arguably the best ska album ever made. While strong arguments can be made for virtuosity, Specials proves that sometimes simple music and rudimentary playing makes it easier for a young and wide eyed rock band to create the sound of themselves having fun. An especially impressive task considering dark subjects as racial tensions and urban decay. The cover songs, though often serious in tone themselves, add some relief to the dark realities of Jerry Dammer's originals. "It's up to You" alone holds some crucial DNA for Operation Ivy, Sublime and many, many others.
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